“Stitched up”: Amelia Lily is left furious as she blames Kelly for abandoning her ahead of the X Factor Final
She was sent home after her first performance and it was made plain to all that she wasn”t her mentor”s favourite act.
So it”s no wonder that Amelia Lily feels “stitched up” by Kelly Rowland in the run-up to the X Factor final.
The 17-year-old reportedly “flipped out” during rehearsals at Wembley Arena when she saw the care and attention lavished on her rivals by Tulisa and Gary.
Meltdown: Amelia Lily reportedly “flipped out” during rehearsals at Wembley arena as she feels Kelly isn”t supporting her
And to make matters worse, Amelia has reportedly been landed with inferior sets and production for tonight”s performances.
“She feels like she’s been left on her own to win this. She’s not getting any help,” a friend of Amelia”s told the Mirror.
Amelia changed one of her songs late on Thursday, and it seems that no effort has been made to provide her with the support she needs at this stressful time.
“It seems like Kelly wants to concentrate on Amelia’s voice, but the other acts have got much more going on to entertain viewers,” admitted a show source.
Trying to keep her spirits up: Amelia smiled as she left her London hotel this morning despite reports that Marcus”s set for tonight”s performance is far more lavish
“Gary Barlow and Tulisa have pulled out all the stops and Little Mix and Marcus will look spectacular on stage,” an insider divulged.
“PerhapsKelly should have spent more time on the look of her act’s performance because it seems like Amelia has been stitched up.”
The Mirror reports that Marcus, 23, will make a dramatic entrance for his rendition of OutKast’s Hey Ya! on top of a full size model of a jumbo jet, accompanied by 28 dancers who hold up luggage inscribed with Marcus’ name, and sing along on the wings of the plane.
Feeling confident Jesy Nelson and Perri Edwards should be, as Little Mix are hot favourites to win the show
Little Mix will arrive on motorbikes for their performance of You’ve Got The Love by Candi Staton.
Ameliaby contrast will have only a troupe of unexciting dancers to accompany her as she performs Christina Aguilera’s Ain’t No Other Man.
Ameliaconfessed in a whispered interview with the Mirror that her duet with Kelly would be “50-50” in terms of vocals, whereas Gary and Tulisa are more generously allowing their acts to take the limelight.
Looking nervous: Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock appeared to be feeling the pressure
Nursing her sore throat with a a mug of hot water with honey and lemon, Amelia added bravely: “It’s been a really tough week but all I can do is my best.”
The teen was hit with fresh controversy this week when a technical error on the HMV website made it look as though her “winner”s single” was already on sale, prompting further speculation that the competition is rigged.
Amelia told Bang Showbiz: “When Kellyand I found out about the HMV thing, we were really upset about it. People have their opinions, they say it was a fix, but it wasn”t.”
Feeling the pressure The finalists must have some pretty serious nerves by now
“Itwas an error; it was a mistake. It couldn”t be helped and accidents happen. It”s going to make me really determined to go out there on Saturday night and do my best – do better than before.”
It”s no wonder that Amelia is feeling the pressure, as tonight”s show is set to be the biggest X Factor final yet.
24,000 people will fill Wembley arena over the course of two nights, and 5 million is expected to be bet on the show”s outcome.
X Factor supremo Simon Cowell will watch live from LA, and has also been tipped to give the contestants a few encouraging words via skype before their performances.
Disloyal Kelly Rowland apparently doesn”t want her act to win after initially voting her out weeks ago
Pastwinner Leona Lewis will take to the stage tonight, and JLS and One Direction will team up for a one-off performance as a supergroup.
Little Mix were positive during yesterday”s preparations after running through their song five times.
PerrieEdwards, 18, told the Mirror: “We have lots of input and we thought bombing around on the back of motorbikes would be cool.”
“We all knew we could get to the final, but we worried about girl groups not doing well. I think our personalities come across well on TV and a lot of girls can relate to us,” added 20-year-old Jesy Nelson.
Keeping up appearances: Amelia tweeted this photo pf herself holding a t-shirt bearing Kelly”s catchphrase during rehearsals yesterday
Marcus Collins has been thinking ahead, even writing songs for his debut album.
Nevertheless, the scouser has revealed that he is nervous about his duet with Gary.
“Gary tries to make me relaxed when we’re on stage. He’s got my back,” he said.
JudgeKelly has attempted to combat suspicions that she isn”t 100 per cent behind her contestant on her Twitter page, posting last night: “I”m so proud of my @AmeliaLilyOffic and I can NOT wait for you guys to see her KILL IT at Wembley!!”
Shealso attempted to exhibit interest in their duet, writing: “Can”t decide what to wear… What should @AmeliaLilyOffic and I wear tomorrow for our duet #xfactor”
X Factor judge Kelly Rowland made no secret of the fact that Mischa B was her favourite act.
Unhappy partnership: Kelly will sing half of the duet with Amelia tonight, whereas Gary and Tulisa plan to let their acts take the limelight
And now, the former Destiny”s Child singer has been accused of not wanting her remaining crooner to win in this weekend”s final.
X FACTOR 2011: THE BOOKIES ODDS
It looks pretty much wrapped up according to William Hill…
Little Mix are the favourites at 5-4
Marcus Collins is running second with 2-1
Amelia Lily is the clear outsider at 5-2
Sheis apparently scared she will be left embarrassed if Amelia takes the title, considering she voted the teenager out back in October on the first live show.
Amelia came back in the competition after wannabe rocker Frankie Coccoza left amid a drug scandal.
Kellyaccompanied Amelia during her home visit to Middlesborough on Wednesdaybut only spent 10 minutes at her family”s house, reported the Mirror.
She apparently refused to eat or drink anything and returned to her hotel suite alone.
A family friend told the paper that Amelia was worried Kelly wished she had not been brought back to the show.
“Kelly couldn’t hide the fact she didn’t want to be in Middlesbrough and seemed to spend most of her time in a hotel,” he said.
“Amelia was out all day trying to drum up support while Kelly was nowhere to be seen. The feeling is she’s not too fussed about what happens and doesn’treally want Amelia to win.”
Thumbs up Kelly is reported to be embarrassed by Amelia”s return to the show
A show source said: “Kelly seems to feel embarrassed about the situation. She dumped Amelia, so what would it say about her expert opinion if that girl goes on to win the whole competition It would probably be easier for her if she doesn’t win.”
Kelly flew to Germany on Tuesday to promote her album and appeared on the German version of the show.
Her spokeswoman said: “She is working outside of the show, but that is because she has got an album to promote. She is the only judge who has that.”
“But she is completely committed to Amelia, is working hard with her, and wants her to win.”
Rift: Kelly and Amelia have not displayed the same sense of unity as the other acts and their mentors
Little Mix mentor Tulisa Contostavlos joined her girls during a visit to member Jesy Nelson”s hometown of Romford, Essex, before travelling up to South Shields, hometown of Jade Thirwell.
And Gary Barlow accompanied Marcus Collins to Liverpool, saying he had an “amazing homecoming”.
“We were at Marcus’s mum’s house and I ended up with a baby on my knee and his nana and grandad giving me stick.”
After a photocall for the final last night, Kelly and Amelia sat together at a party at The Box.
But an onlooker said: “They barely spoke and were both sat texting. There was clearly no love lost between them.”
The London nightspot that has been described by its owner as a place of ‘mystique, mystery and sexual openness’.
Somewhere to be Kelly apparently only spent 10 minutes with Amelia and her family at her family home in Middlesborough on Wednesday
So it”s shocking the teenager attending, also considering she is too young to gain entry on a normal night there.
Wearing a see-through black blouse and a black mini skirt, Amelia smiled and posed before entering the infamous venue.
Kelly, 30, was dressed more conservatively in a loose grey wool top and black leggings.
The Box has a reputation for being full of sexual and chemical excess with many rumours of customers havingsex and snorting cocaine off their tables.
Withregular celebrity clientele including Gwyneth Patrol, Courtney Love andChristina Aguilera it is easy to see why it has become so popular.
Devastated: Kelly with Amelia after voting her off the show in October. She returned after wannabe rocker Frankie Coccozza left
Even royals Prince Harry and his cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have partied there.
The club once featured an act which performed a sex act on himself with the neck of a vodka bottle.
Friends: Kelly made no secret of the fact Misha B was her favourite
Meanwhile, Amelia does appear to have some support.
Middlesborough football boss Tony Mowbray has thrown his weight behind the finalist.
He said: “I”m a big X Factor fan. Everyone in the Mowbrayhousehold watches the show and we will be cheering on Amelia this Saturday, aswill everyone at the club.
“We all watch the show on the coach when we are travelling home from away matches and we are all supporting Amelia to win the contest.
“It”s causing great excitement and we wish her every success.”
He added: “Our family watch religiously – in fact, I missed half of a Barcelona match the other weekto watch, that”s how much we watch the X Factor in our house.
“For a young girl of 17 she”s got aquite amazing voice and she”s shown great personality and strength of character after being out the competition to being back in it.
“Let”s hope she can pull it off at the weekend.”
The Mayor of Middlesbrough Ray Mallon also added his support.
In his column for The Northern Echo newspaper, he said if Amelia won we would see “a genuinely talented and popular young person getting a reward for their hard work and application”.
Mallon, a Queen fan, believed her version of The Show Must Go On, was “every bit as good as the original” adding “I doubt if any singer, let alone one starting out on their career, could have achieved that”.
Amelia”s Dad, Barry Oliver, said he was grateful for the support.
He told Middlesbrough FC”s official website: “We”re relaxed about this weekend and there”s no pressure on her because she”s in the final and whatever happens now is a bonus.
“If anyone has been on an emotional rollercoaster it”s Amelia and she has handled it really, really well.
“I”d like to see her win for the area more than anything because it would be good for Teesside and it will make it extra special coming at Christmas time.”
THREE ACTS VYING FOR X FACTOR CROWN
Hairdresser, 23, from Liverpool.
Collins was quiet and shy at school but did take part in his school musicals.
He is a massive Destiny”s Child fan and saw them every time they performed in Liverpool, and owns all their tour DVDs. It was watching them that he realised singing and performing is what he wants to do.
This weekend he will perform a duet of Billy Joel”s She”s Always A Woman with mentor Gary Barlow.
Student, 17, from Middlesbrough.
Her brother, Lewis, talked her into auditioning for The X Factor. She attends dance school and performs in an annual show every year, and also takes part in musical theatre.
She reached the final despite being voted off by her mentor, Kelly Rowland, in the first week of live shows.
A public vote later brought her back to replace disgraced Frankie Cocozza, who was booted off after boasting he had used cocaine.
She said she was “really upset” about the slip-up which saw her mistakenly named as The X Factor winner by HMV this week, but insisted the show was not fixed.
Jesy Nelson, barmaid, 20, from London; Perrie Edwards, student, 18,
from Newcastle; Leigh-Anne Pinnock, waitress, 19, from London; Jade Thirlwall, student, 18, from Newcastle.
Little Mix are the first girl group to make it to the talent show”s finale. They all entered the competition as solo artists, and were given a second chance at the final stage of bootcamp when the judges decided to put them into groups.
Those groups didn”t work out, and the girls were given a further chance when they were brought together to form Rhythmix.
But that caused protests from a Brighton charity of the same name which works with disabled and vulnerable children.
The four girls said they came up with the new name Little Mix after talking it over with their mentor, Tulisa Contostavlos.
Nelson broke down on the show in October after reading negative comments online about her weight.